Henry Kissinger Shankbone Metropolitan Opera 2009

Kissinger in 2009

Henry Alfred Kissinger (/ˈkɪsɪnər/n' in 'no'" data-rte-attribs=" title='n' in 'no'">nj' in 'jam'" data-rte-attribs=" title=/dʒ/ 'j' in 'jam'">dʒer' in 'finger'" data-rte-attribs=" title=/ər/ 'er' in 'finger'">ər/​; German: [ˈkɪsɪŋɐ]; born Heinz Alfred Kissinger, May 27, 1923) is an American political scientist, diplomat and geopolitical consultant who served as the United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. A Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany with his family in 1938, he became National Security Advisor in 1969 and United States Secretary of State in 1973. For his actions negotiating a ceasefire in Vietnam, Kissinger received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize under controversial circumstances, with two members of the committee resigning in protest. Kissinger later sought, unsuccessfully, to return the prize after the ceasefire failed.

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